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Your boxes are packed, the moving van is loaded, you have your family in tow and it’s time to move! Whether you are settling into a new apartment or house, the feeling of starting from scratch and the freedom to plan and design a new space with endless possibilities is refreshing and exciting! Before you tear open those boxes and begin to unpack all your belongings, it’s important to consider exactly how you plan on organizing and arranging your new home. You’ve gotten rid of your old clutter and you’re starting over. You want to make sure you’re not going from one cluttered home to another. To avoid this, you want to create a floor plan in order for you and your family to live comfortably and happily after relocating for years to come. Consider these helpful tips for creating a floor plan that will make you love your new home even more!

Measure Your New Space

The house or apartment you are moving into will not have the same dimensions as your prior residence. You may have planned to simply plop your furniture on the floors of your new home just as you did in your old home, but that might not be a possibility. This is why having a tape measure on hand after moving in will be a good idea. Measuring the rooms you are planning for may be time-consuming, but will be beneficial in laying out your furniture efficiently later on. Use your tape measure to determine the length and width of the room from corner to corner. It’s also a good idea to figure out the halfway point of each wall in the room. This way when you arrange your furniture, you’ll have an idea of where to place them proportionately.

Sketch Out Your Floor Plan and Sketch Again

It’s difficult to imagine exactly how your room will look and distinguish one idea from another. It’s a better idea to grab a pencil and some graph paper to sketch it out. Once you’ve taken all your measurements, scale and draw the boundaries of the room. Don’t forget to include the halfway points on each wall, as well as any doorways, windows, fireplaces or any other built-in fixtures. Doing this will help you avoid placing furniture in front of anything you don’t want to cover or facing something you don’t want it to. For example, computers or televisions should be kept from facing windows to prevent glares. Make copies of your sketch so that you can plan several ideas with various furniture layouts. If you want to skip the paper and pencil, there are numerous apps you can utilize to layout your floor plan as well. These visual apps allow you to enter in your dimensions or even take a live video of the room to generate measurements for you and design your floor plan digitally. Taking advantage of these apps can make your project easier and faster.

Think About Pathways

If you’re moving a family with children, being mindful of pathways when creating your open floor plan is critical. Think about where the most natural foot traffic will be to make enough floor space between furniture for your family or visitors to walk through comfortably without obstruction. A good rule-of-thumb is to keep 3 feet of clearance space in front of doorways or stairs for ease of circulation from room to room. In rooms such as offices and bedrooms, you also want to think about the space in front of drawers, cabinets, and desks. Make sure there is ample space to extend and access these pieces of furniture fully.

Furniture Layout Ideas

living room furniture layoutIf you’re having trouble thinking of ways to arrange your floor plan layout, a good start could be to ask yourself, “What is the focus of the room?” Answering this simple question will help you determine the main feature of the room that the rest of your furniture should be arranged around. In your living room, this could be the fireplace, a television or a large painting. Another way to get your creative mind flowing is to research some ideas online. Google, Pinterest, and Houzz are great resources for images of different floor plans and furniture layouts of all the rooms in your house. Although your house may not have the exact same dimensions or features, it is still beneficial in coming up with different arrangements you could try out and figuring out what appeals to you and what doesn’t.

Filling up a new space just the way you like can be both exciting and challenging. Don’t make the work more difficult by going in blind. Take these helpful tips to plan and strategize, and you’ll be on your way to design a floor plan that is beautiful and efficient.

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Don’t let the stress of moving hold you back from taking that new job opportunity in a new town. Moving into a new home can be your fresh start to an exciting life. It’s a time for new beginnings and a time to flourish. It would be a shame to let that opportunity pass you by just to avoid the strain that comes with moving.

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Relocating can be easy and undemanding if you move forward with the most efficient plan. With the right schedule, your move can be stress-free and simple. Take a deep breath and relax. There are ways to make the moving experience less time-consuming. Utilize these four helpful tips that will save you hours or even days during your next move.

Plan out your moving schedule

Every efficient move starts with a solid plan and schedule. Organizing your moving plan in advance is a huge time-saver. List the things that need to get done before and during the move. Make sure to prioritize your schedule so that tasks with approaching deadlines are listed first. For example, notify utility companies and the post office of your address change a few weeks prior to your relocation. This way, you’ll get these tasks out of the way and have time to plan for the rest of your move.

Prepare an organized packing plan

Buy and arrange your packing supplies well before your relocation. Separate your boxes by room or object types. For instance, you may have a few boxes for kitchen utensils and a few boxes for living room décor. Label each box accordingly for easy recognition of what each box holds. Now once you’ve moved into your new house or apartment, sorting the boxes into each room will be easy for you and your movers.

Create your floor plan in advance

Decide exactly where you want to put your furniture, décor and other household items, then map out a floor plan of your new home. Be as detailed as possible, from deciding which kitchen cupboards to use for certain utensils to what dresser drawers will be home to specific clothing items. Once you’re all moved into your new house or apartment, you won’t have to move any furniture around because everything will already be in its designated place. With this out of the way, you’re ready to get settled in.

Hire a professional moving company

Packing, loading and unloading your furniture and boxes takes a lot of time and energy that you could be saving for something else. Salvage some extra time, and hire an efficient and affordable moving company to finish the moving process for you. Hiring expert movers to do the packing and shipping will save you from the heavy lifting and allow you more time to tie up any loose ends. If you are moving to or from the Puyallup, Washington area, call the professional movers of Apex Moving & Storage to help save you time and get the job done right.

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Whether you are looking to downsize after retirement, moving closer to be near your immediate family, or are placing a senior loved one into an assisted living facility or retirement home, planning a relocation is all too common when we reach our golden years. All moves can be deemed stressful but senior moves usually involve additional emotions, which can make the process feel more difficult. Here are some tips to make your senior relocation, whether for yourself or a loved one, easy and stress-free.

Planning ahead of time is crucial for a stress-free senior relocation. Depending on their new living situation, you may have to downsize significantly.

Communication is Key: In order to make the transition smoother, it’s important to talk to your parents or elderly loved one early on to help them cope with their emotions. Many times, people will have a strong emotional connection to their homes, so it’s important to give them time to grieve if necessary. Change can be difficult for anyone, young and old, so you’ll want to make sure there is open communication so they know the entire plan. This plan can include things such as where they are going to be living and why they are moving. Your senior loved one will feel better when they feel like they haven’t lost control of their own situation, so if possible, give them options and choices when it comes to location and what will happen with their personal belongings. Keeping your loved one in the loop with their transition will limit stress and make them feel more comfortable about their new home.

Plan Ahead: Planning ahead of time is crucial for a stress-free senior relocation. Depending on their new living situation, you may have to downsize significantly. Figure out the square foot measurements of your current home and future home to make it easier to how much you will need to downsize. Be aware of the floor plan ahead of time so you can know exactly what furniture and other personal belongings will fit. This plan will be your guideline as you make decisions about what should stay and what should go. It took years to accumulate most of those belongings so this process is something that should be executed weeks or even months before the move. Slowing the process down, instead of getting rid of things in a hurry will also make it easier for your loved one.

Get Organized: Since most senior moves will involve downsizing, the process will require a lot of sorting and organizing. Go through the entire house, piece by piece. Categorizing each item and separating them will help to organize the clutter. These categories can include items to take, items to be sold or donated, items to throw away, and personal keepsakes for family. Remember to be sensitive to your senior’s feelings when packing, as they may have a lot of emotional attachment to their items.

Clean Up: After all the packing and organizing, it’s time to clean. Whether the property is going to be sold, rented, or given to another relative, the home will need a good scrub down. If the home needs repairs or minor updates such as painting, now would be the time to do so. This can also be a great way to add value to the home if you decide to sell it. Taking care of maintenance issues at the same time rather than when the home is already rented or after the house is for sale will be much easier on you.

Get Extra Help: Planning and executing a senior move can be a huge task, so asking your family to join you for emotional, mental, and physical support will be very beneficial. This process is very involved so it’s recommended you request time off from work to help limit stress and feeling rushed. If your siblings or other relatives live out of town or are unavailable, contacting a professional and reliable moving company is your next best bet to assist you. Hiring an expert senior mover such as Apex Moving will take all the extra burden and stress from your shoulders and leave you and your loved one with a stress-free moving experience.

No one needs to tell us how important a pet any person or family. We’re pet lovers too, so we know that your dog, cat or any other pet you have at home means a great deal to you. No matter what kind of pet you have, people like us know that a pet isn’t just an animal, it’s a member of the family. We understand that your pets comfort and quality of life means a lot to you. There’s no end to how much joy and fulfillment people get from their pets, which is why you’ll want to make sure that your pet is ready when you move.

Whether you’re moving locally or across a long distance, it’s important to know what to do to make things easy for your pet. Since we view our pets as family, it can sometimes be hard to remember that they are not human, and therefore they can’t make sense of new settings and events as fast as we can. When your pet doesn’t realize that a big change is about to come, such as a residential move, they can become just as stressed out as any human. So, we’ve decided to give all our fellow pet lovers a few tips to help ease the transition. Here’s some advice that will keep you and your pets happy and stress-free during your move.

Vet Visit: We know, a trip doesn’t to the vet doesn’t sound like the ideal way to de-stress your pet. But as unpleasant as vet visits can be on Fido, it’s important for you to be at ease before you can help your pet, knowing your pet is healthy will help accomplish this. In order ensure that you have enough time, make sure you schedule your visit two or three weeks before your moving day. This is also a great chance to make sure you have any and all prescriptions and other medicines your pet will need after you move. You may not know where a vet’s office is in your new neighborhood, especially if you’re moving long distance, so it’s vital to make sure this is done before you move.

Keep Them Occupied: We’re sure your pet is capable of some amazing tricks, but packing, loading a truck and driving to your new home are a little trickier than catching a ball in mid-air with your mouth. You’ll want to have a professional moving crew around to take care of all the heavy lifting that will have to be done when you’re moving. Planning your move, coordinating with the moving crew and getting things loaded up will probably take all your attention, so it’s best if your pet has something else to do. If you own a snake or goldfish, this likely won’t be a problem but for dogs and cats, it’s usually best to have someone keep an eye on them while you’re moving. It’s also important to remember that not all people are animal lovers like us. Some members of the moving crew may be uneasy around pets, so moving day is easier on everybody without having to watch over your pet.

Lastly, try and get as much of your unpacking as possible done before picking your pet up from the sitter. Being able to devote more time to your pet instead of unpacking will make the transition easier. Also, if you can unpack any of your pet’s belongings, such as a doggy bed, it will help make a new home seem more familiar.

Prepare Moving-In Kits: We highly recommend having moving kits ready for you and every family member including your pets. These kits should contain any and everything you might need immediately upon moving into your new home, including pet food, toys and other items such as scratching posts. Organizing a home full of moving boxes takes time, so you’ll want to able to access the essentials right away. Being able to take your time while unpacking makes all the difference.

With these tips, you and your pet should be ready for any type of move. For more moving tips and advice, be sure to regularly check our blog page.

A long distance move is a big step, so it can be difficult to know that best way to handle this type of move. Luckily, we have a lot of experience with long distance moving, so we know exactly what it takes to get the job done right. Whether you’re moving from New York to California, or anywhere in between, there a few key steps that will go a long way to helping you have a stress-free move. Here are a few tips for getting through a long distance move.

  • Find the Right Neighborhood — If you’re moving to a new city, you know how important it is to find the right place in the right neighborhood. If you’re planning a move, then you’ve likely already gone through the process of finding the right home but you can never do too much research on your new neighborhood.

    If you have any friends or relatives in the area, talk to them or plan a pre-move visit so you can get to know your new city. They will be the ones to know all about the area you’re moving to, they can show you the best places to eat, the best routes to work and other important things about your new home.

    If you don’t know anyone, use online tools like Google street view and Zillow’s maps to help you get an idea of the place you’re moving to.

  • Sublet — If you don’t already know the exact neighborhood you’d like to live in in your new city, consider subletting while making a decision. A rental property in a new city gives you the chance to get to know the area before committing to a permanent place.  If you do decide to sublet, it may be a good idea for you to place a majority of your household items in storage. That way, you won’t have to move them in and out of two homes.

  • Downsize — Another good way to prepare for a long distance move is to decrease the amount of household items you’ll be taking. The bulk of the cost of a move comes from the amount of time the move takes and the weight of the load on the truck. By selling or donating anything that you don’t need, you can save on your move and someone else can get continued use from your items. This will also give you the opportunity to use the money you earn to fill your new home with all new furniture, decorations and other items.

Don’t forget to plan out the weeks, or even months, leading up to your long distance move. Remember that moving across a long distance, especially moving across the country, requires more planning than many other types of moves.

Following all of these steps will help you have a stress-free long distance move. If you need more tips and advice to get you ready for your move, be sure to keep checking our blog for updates.

Getting ready for a big move can be very exciting. Whether your move is local or long distance; residential or corporate; international or cross country, you likely have a lot of things to think about. One of your chief concerns is likely the safety of all of your belongings, especially if you don’t have a lot of moving and packing experience. Well luckily we have over 15 years of experience and safely transporting your belongings is something we’re adept at, no matter the type of move. Here are some helpful tips to keep your belongings safe during your move.

Get Help

One of the easiest ways to injure yourself or damage belongings on moving day is by trying to do too much. That’s why it’s best wait until the movers arrive before attempting to move large furniture, pack hard-to-reach items or pack any other items that are heavy and/or fragile. If you must move these kinds of items before moving day, be sure to ask friends and family for help. Remember, even a minor injury or undue physical strain can be harmful to your overall health and make the move take longer.

Wrap Breakable and Valuable Items

Bubble wrap, tissue and newspaper are essential for packing. Glassware, finished wood and other fragile items should be wrapped tightly and securely to prevent scratching and breaking.

Whenever working with old newspaper, make sure that your hands are clean as the natural oils in your skin can cause the ink to smear on to your household items.

Proper Packing Tools

Knowing and using the right tools and supplies for the job is a big part of keeping your belongings from being damaged. If you can, use boxes specifically designed for moving as they are more secure than old boxes you may have lying around. Also, items like wardrobe boxes are expressly designed to move certain common household items, meaning that packing is faster and easier when using them.

Labeling

Proper labeling makes all the difference when you get to your new home. If boxes are not labeled accurately, sorting through them one-by-one will be a hassle. Make sure to use boxes labeled ‘fragile’ for breakable items, such as glassware and dishes and to observe the arrows designed to indicate which end of the box should face upward. Moving crews are trained to look for these and other labels that indicate what items should be handled with extra precaution, so if boxes are labeled properly there should be no problem.

Unpack Slowly

Give yourself plenty of time to unpack your boxes slowly and carefully when your move into your new home. Doing this can help save you from dealing with broken items as well as help keep you organized while unpacking. Packing a special box and duffle bags with immediate essentials for you and your family can also help ensure that you have ample time to unpack.

Keeping all of your belongings in good shape can be easy as long as you are prepared and careful. For more tips and advice on moving and packing, keep track of our blog and check out our moving tips page.

3 Green Moving Tips

Moving usually involves the use of several resources and materials. There’s moving boxes, packing materials, unwanted items that get thrown away, not to mention all of the fuel used during transit. Making sure your move goes smoothly is important, but it’s also important to know that there’s an eco-friendly way to do so. There’s a few simple steps you can take to make sure you keep waste to a minimum during your move: Here’s a few tips on how to move green.

Start with What You Already Have

If you are opting for a DIY move, gather up any plastic bins, cardboard boxes, old linens, newspaper and all other containers and packing materials you already have and begin packing with those first. If you need tips on packing, view our moving tips page for a guide on how to pack for your move properly. Using what you already have saves money, reduces waste, and helps consolidate what’s already in the home.

This method can also be used when hiring a professional moving company to cut down on the amount of packing materials you need to purchase and save the moving crew time by having less to pack.

Recycle/Reuse Packing Materials

Once you’ve gone through all of the packing materials you already own, ask your mover if they offer used or recycled packing materials. If they do not, be sure to check with friends or family, they may have some old boxes they would be willing to part with. If all else fails, a quick Google search should show you the closest place that offers used or recycled boxes. It doesn’t take very long to find used moving and packing materials, but it does have a considerable positive impact on the environment. Be sure to recycle what boxes you don’t use.

Donate/Sell Extra Belongings

This last point is especially important for long distance moving. We can’t tell you how much easier a move is for our customers who simply have less stuff. Take a close look at your things and decide how much you could let go of or what you would like to replace. You can save time, cut down on moving costs and make some extra cash if you sell unwanted items online or at a garage sale before you move.

Any unwanted items that you don’t sell, such as old clothes or toys, can easily be donated to a local charitable organization. Remember, what you don’t want can be helpful to someone else.

For more help with planning for a local or long distance move, you can take a look at our moving calendar, a week-by-week guide to prepping for a move.

Moving Checklist: What to Do After You Move


After you’re done moving you’ll probably want to kick back and relax. This is natural, but there are a few things that need to be done after you’re done unpacking. The last thing you want is to have to stop relaxing in order to take care of more chores and tasks, right? Avoid any interruption to your down time by following our list of tasks to complete after you move in.

  1. Transfer/Update Utilities − You should actually update your utilities before you move to make sure that they are ready when you move in. Most utilities can be updated online or with a quick phone call to the utility companies.

  2. Keep Important Documents/Receipts − We recommend keeping any important moving documents, such as your Bill of Lading and all payment receipts, in a fireproof lock box after you move. These documents can still be very useful after your move is completed. You might be able to write off some of your moving costs on your next tax return. Also, the lock box can be used to store things like birth certificates, vehicle titles and other important documents.

  3. Insurance Policies − It is especially important for interstate moves to make sure you are still covered under your old health insurance and car insurance policies. Insurance policies often need to be amended when moving, as coverage can depend heavily on location. You can do this before or after your move, just make sure it’s done promptly so you don’t lose coverage.

  4. Change Your Locks − We recommend changing the locks for security and peace of mind. You can never really be sure how many copies there are of the old keys, or that you have them all. Changing locks is relatively inexpensive and it’s the easiest way to make sure that your home is secure.

  5. Get to Know Your New Neighborhood − Getting acclimated to a new neighborhood or city can take some time. It may help to occasionally take a walk around the neighborhood and familiarize yourself with your surroundings. You may even meet some nice neighbors.

More Answers to Moving Questions

If you follow this list, you’ll be kicking your feet up in no time. Check out our moving tips page for more advice on preparing for a local or long distance move. There, you will find packing advice and a week-by-week moving guide.

With the spring season officially underway, you may be thinking about getting started on moving to a new place. With the weather warming up and road conditions improving, it probably seems like a perfect time to move. While that sounds perfect for those of us living in the northern states, there are a few other times of the year that could be just as good to move in for other reasons. There are also specific times of the year that make the process of selling your home and hiring a moving company more challenging than others. To give you a better perspective on the year from a mover’s point of view, here are some strategies for moving in each of the four seasons.

Moving in the Winter

January and February are the best months to move during the winter. Many people’s schedules open up at this time of year, allowing them more time to move with fewer commitments to events that take place during the holidays. However, during the weeks before the new year, moving companies are usually at their least busiest and can sometimes offer special rates for people looking to move during their slowest period.

If you’d like to move in January, this means that you might have to start packing and planning in December. For many people, this usually means scheduling and making appointments between holiday parties, shopping and other events that take place near the end of the year. However, if your schedule is flexible and you don’t have too many commitments, December could be an ideal time to get everything done.

And of course, during the winter, one may need to consider preparing for inclement weather and hazardous road conditions caused by ice and snow, depending on their location. While you may be a professional winter driver, it’s good to be sure you pack your belongings thoroughly in protective packaging to ensure complete safety. You can never be too careful!

Relocating in the Spring

Over the years, home sales have usually shown high rates during the spring season. This means that there is a high amount of potential home owners that are ready to move quickly in order to beat the larger moving rush that takes place in the summer. With more houses on the market, it becomes more likely for you to find a house or apartment and move into it faster as movers are just beginning to pick up business. The best time suggested to move during the spring would be in late April and early to mid-May. Additionally, there’s an obvious advantage that comes in the spring with the weather warming up and driving conditions being easier than in the winter months prior.

Summer Moves

Weather conditions during the summer are usually perfect for relocating homes. The sun is out and everyone wants to do more outside. And with many people’s schedules more open up, it can be very easy to schedule a move without worrying about interruptions to other commitments, especially for families with children on summer vacation. However, with the surplus of availability for customers, this also means heavily booked schedules for moving companies from June to August. With this in mind, it’s best to get an estimate and plan your move several months in advance so that you are guaranteed a moving date in early summer. This will also allow you to take advantage of lower moving estimates and rates before companies raise them due to higher demand as the months grow hotter.

Moving in Fall

With the kids (finally) back in school and the holidays still to come, the fall can be a good time for many people to plan their move. As mentioned, rates from moving companies usually begin to lower as the weather cools, and the market usually starts to become less competitive than during the summer. The temperature also makes it easy to transport belongings without the discomfort or dangers of moving in the heat or snow. Ideally, the best time to move during the fall would be any time between mid-September through the end of October.

If you’re not careful, moving costs can add up quickly. You need to hire movers, buy packing supplies, rent storage space, and that’s not taking into account the cost of closing on a new home or signing a new lease. There’s no need to let it cause you stress though, because if you know what to do, moving can actually be very affordable. The following steps will teach you how to get the most bang for your buck during a move.

Timing is Everything

Summertime is peak moving season, which means as it gets colder and business slows, moving and storage companies will tend to offer better deals on their services. If your move can wait until September or October, you may find yourself in a position to save a lot of money.

For renters, try and move at a time that gets you the most value out of your billing cycles. Most people pay rent around the first of the month, so try and schedule your move at the end of the month. This way, you get to take your time moving out of your old place, and you’re not paying for two rentals at once.

Visit the Dollar Store

You’ll need to do a lot of cleaning during a move, but you don’t need to spend a lot. For cleaning supplies and last minute knick-knacks, like paper plates for those first few inevitable pizza nights, the dollar store is perfect. The key is to save money wherever you can. You don’t need Clorox when the bottle that just says “BLEACH” works just as well. Remember, if you don’t absolutely need the high-end version of something, get it from the dollar store.

Clip Coupons

Actually clipping them is rarely necessary anymore. There are dozens of coupon sites that will let you print out coupons or display them on your mobile device. Some sites will even let you input a zip code to search for coupons in a certain area. It’s a great way to save money in a place that you may not know that well yet.

Research Professional Moving Companies

Hiring help doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, once you consider all the time you’ll save, moving companies are often quite cost efficient. Professional movers are fast, organized and they know exactly what to do should you hit a snag. As long as you’re prepared, hiring movers shouldn’t break the bank.

Pack and Prepare

Preparation is the best path to a stress-free and cost efficient move. If everything is properly packed and ready, it means the movers will spend less time on the initial loading of your belongings, which means their services will cost less. While you’re packing, make sure everything is properly labeled, to save you time when you get to your new home.